Navy boats on standby to protect UK waters in case

The measures, put in place “to protect our rights as an independent coastal state” includes “numerous patrol vessels across military and marine organizations that are used to provide physical presence, deterrence and inspection capability,” the ministry said in a statement. Four offshore patrol vessels “will be available to patrol UK waters to assist other government […]Read More

Biogen's Boston medical conference linked to as many as 300,000

Major events were among the first things to go when the novel coronavirus first started spreading around the world in February. Concerts, conferences and other gatherings were called off or went virtual in the spring. In Boston, however, Biogen’s elite medical conference on February 26-27 continued as planned, with more than 100 cases of COVID-19 tied […]Read More

Prince William, Kate Middleton And Children Hit The Red Carpet

LONDON (AP) — Britain’s Prince William and his family attended a Christmas show in London on Friday night, where he paid tribute to medical staff and other frontline workers for their efforts during the pandemic. William, his wife Kate, and their three children, Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis, watched a traditional British pantomime […]Read More

The Case For Vaccinating Prisoners Early

Prisons and jails are among the most dangerous places to be in a pandemic. People housed within them cannot socially distance or quarantine. Mask-wearing is optional in many institutions, which leaves prisoners even more vulnerable to the coronavirus. Compounding these conditions, prisoners are already far sicker than the general population, making them extra vulnerable to […]Read More

Swedish Covid-19 workers are quitting, leaving ICUs short-staffed

STOCKHOLM (BLOOMBERG) – Sweden faces a shortage of healthcare workers as the number of resignations ticks up after a relentless year of caring for Covid-19 patients. Chairman of the Swedish Association of Health Professionals Sineva Ribeiro says the situation is “terrible”. Even before the first wave of the pandemic back in March, there was “a […]Read More

WHO warns Christmas celebrations could turn to tears if guard

GENEVA (AFP) – The World Health Organisation warned Friday (Dec 11) that Christmas celebrations could turn to tears if people fail to keep up their guard against Covid-19 during the festive season. WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said the number of deaths in the coronavirus pandemic was surging and urged people to think very carefully […]Read More

Swiss clamps down on virus as communal tensions rise

GENEVA (AFP) – Switzerland announced on Friday (Dec 11) that all shops, bars and restaurants must close from 7pm in order to fight a resurgent coronavirus that is now stirring political and cultural tensions. The Alpine country, which will apply the new rules from Saturday until Jan 22, has some of the worst per capita […]Read More

Indoor dining will shut down in New York City again

NEW YORK (NYTIMES) – Indoor dining will once again be barred in New York City restaurants starting next Monday, Governor Andrew Cuomo said on Friday (Dec 11), a significant reversal of the city’s reopening that comes as officials try to halt the escalation of a second wave of the coronavirus and avoid a broader shutdown. […]Read More

United States executes another inmate before Trump leaves office

WASHINGTON (AFP) – United States authorities on Friday (Dec 11) carried out their 10th execution of the year, the last in a series of capital punishments that President Donald Trump’s administration has carried out before he leaves office. Alfred Bourgeois, a black man sentenced to death for the murder of his two-year-old daughter, was executed […]Read More